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1997 Chevrolet swinger

Postby jeep6000 » Tue Nov 19, 2013 7:35 pm

Hi im thinking of buying my first american rv and have my eye on a 1997 chevrolet swinger 7,220cc petrol.Can anybody advise me if this is a good purchase or not ? Regards Steve
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Re: 1997 Chevrolet swinger

Postby Mrtibbs » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:14 am

Hi Steve
Welcome to the ARV Club forum.
Your question is impossible to answer as it stands, there is not enough information or detail to enable anyone to make a comment really.
The RV will be a Georgie Boy Swinger, built upon the Chevrolet P30 Chassis, engine size sounds odd to me, I thought the petrol engines were 7400cc not 7220, but I could be wrong. You really need to tell us more about it like the length, condition, accessories and price otherwise it really isn't possible to comment.
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Re: 1997 Chevrolet swinger

Postby jeep6000 » Wed Nov 20, 2013 9:54 am

Hi Keith,
Thanks for your reply the rv has 12 months mot 6 months tax,24,000 miles,a 12ft slide out,motorcyle rack on back,looks in good condition and the asking price is £16,000.Ive read on some forums that the P30 chassis has some problems ? Also is the Chevrolet engine a good engine as ive also read stories of manifold cracking on certain engines ?. Regards Steve
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Postby Mrtibbs » Wed Nov 20, 2013 6:04 pm

That sounds as though it is reasonably priced. Yes the P30 can be a bit of a handful to live with, we had one on our first RV, but they have problems like everything else. Worst thing by far is the way it steers, because the front track is soooooo narrow you are constantly adjusting the steering position. The steering and brakes run off a mechanical pump and if that develops a leak or other problem then steering and stopping can be fun. Provided that the pump is in good condition all will be well and they can be overhauled so if you develop a leak, you can get it sorted out and be back in business.
The cracking manifolds problem as far as I know is a real issue, but again it is repairable I believe or replaceable anyway, and because it is a common fault, just Google that and you will get hundreds of hits with links to American websites that describe the fault and the fix. I wouldn't be overly concerned unless it is displaying those faults now, and in that case, if the RV is definitely what you want, then just bid the price down to reflect the cost of repair as you would with any used car purchase.
I think that IF the coach is in generally good nick, then £16K is a good enough price although as ever, negotiation is key. Bear in mind that this RV is 16 years old so nowhere near new, and things will need maintaining. One big issue with older RVs is the fact that many people buy them because they represent tremendous value for money compared with say, a Euro van but they can't really afford to spend out on regular, routine maintenance and repairs as so the coach slowly becomes a basket case. I am of course generalising here, but do be careful and check out every thing that you can. Things like body de-lamination for instance are far more critical than a blowing manifold, the manifold can be replaced for a fraction of the cost of sorting out de-lamination.
If it needs tyres, expect to fork out £1500 for a set of 6, and although they are available, as you can see they are not cheap. Check for cracking around the sidewalls. Again this is more expensive than a blowing manifold :)
I hope that this has been helpful to you.
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Re: 1997 Chevrolet swinger

Postby jeep6000 » Fri Nov 22, 2013 4:53 pm

Thanks for your advise Keith i will take on board all the things you have pointed out when i go to view.Is there any company that specialises in checking over rvs for you before you buy them like the AA can do if you want a car inspected before you buy ?
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Postby Mrtibbs » Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:25 am

I am not sure that anyone specifically does that, the market is not big enough to be honest. Depending where in the country it is you could try Signature Motorhomes http://www.signaturemotorhomes.com/ and ask if they could have a look. They will obviously charge you for their time, but they are very reliable and a good company to deal with, lots of experience and knowledge, without any BS.

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Re: 1997 Chevrolet swinger

Postby jeep6000 » Sat Nov 23, 2013 7:49 am

Thanks again for your advise Keith i will look into you suggestions,

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